Everything You Need to Know About Disneyland Resort Magic Key

by | Aug 24, 2021 | Disneyland, Disneyland Parks, DLR News

Disneyland Resort officially opens its Magic Key program on Aug. 25, and it’s a heck of an offer if you frequent the Happiest Place on Earth. If you’re thinking about getting your hands on this key but aren’t sure what it unlocks, WDW Magazine has you covered.


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What is the Disneyland Resort Magic Key Program?

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Magic Key is a handy tool for repeat guests at Disneyland Resort. Though it’s available in four different tiers, a Magic Key pass offers a few common benefits across the board:

  • Make park reservations
  • Hold multiple theme park reservations for different dates at the same time
  • Enjoy discounts on select dining and merchandise
  • Unique perks and experiences

What are the Unique Perks of Magic Key?

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Ah, that last bullet point caught your eye. We now know some of the bonus advantages you’ll enjoy as a Magic Key holder. Needless to say, they’re pretty cool. According to Disneyland, benefits a Magic Key pass could earn you throughout the year include:

  • Access to the Magic Key Terrace
  • Magic Key Holder Month
  • Magic Key-themed merchandise
  • Unique offerings during festivals
  • Access to special menu items all year long
  • Early access to merchandise collections and other offerings
  • Discounts at the Downtown Disney District
  • Exclusive Disney PhotoPass opportunities
  • Magic Key embroidery

On top of this, Magic Key holders who sign up within 66 days of launch—or by Oct. 30—earn the title of charter member. For that, you’ll receive a special welcome package with merch and swag as well as access to a limited-time experience at the Tomorrowland Starcade from Sept. 1.

If you enjoy feeling like you’re part of a club within a club within a club, Disney Magic Key unlocks all sorts of unique opportunities.

How Much Does a Magic Key Pass Cost?

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If this all sounds up your alley, there are four Magic Key levels to consider. Sounds a bit like a quest from a video game, right?

As was revealed when the program was announced in early August, those four levels are: Imagine Key, Enchant Key, Believe Key, and Dream Key.

The cost varies depending on the Magic Key you choose. Each level requires a $179 down payment and subsequent monthly payments.

If you live in Northern California or outside of California entirely, you won’t be able to purchase the Imagine Key. That level is exclusively available to residents of SoCal.

Imagine Key

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  • Price: $399/year
    • Or $19/month for 12 months after down payment
  • Includes:
    • Reservation-based park admission select days of the year
    • Up to two park reservation holds at a time
    • 10% off select merchandise
    • 10% off select food and beverage

Enchant Key

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  • Price: $649/year
    • Or $40/month for 12 months after down payment; this payment plan is available only to California residents
  • Includes:
    • Reservation-based park admission select days of the year
    • Up to four park reservation holds at a time
    • 10% off select merchandise
    • 10% off select food and beverage

Believe Key

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  • Price: $949/year
    • Or $65/month for 12 months down payment; this payment plan is available only to California residents
  • Includes:
    • Reservation-based park admission select days of the year
    • Up to six park reservation holds at a time
    • 10% off select merchandise
    • 10% off select food and beverage
    • 50% off parking costs at Mickey & Friends Parking Structure, Pixar Pals Parking Structure, and the Toy Story Parking Area

Dream Key

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  • Price: $1399/year
    • Or $102/month for 12 months down payment; this payment plan is available only to California residents
  • Includes:
    • Reservation-based park admission every day of the year
    • Up to six park reservation holds at a time
    • 20% off select merchandise
    • 15% off select food and beverage
    • Parking included

How Do You Use Magic Key?

Using your Magic Key pass at Disneyland is an easy, three-step process.

  1. Check Magic Key access calendar for available dates.
  2. Make a reservation at Disneyland.com with your existing account.
    1. Be sure to link your Magic Key ID, which is the 18-digit number you get when you purchase a pass.
    2. If you’d like to visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in the same day, select the park you wish to start at.
  3. Review your res, check Terms & Conditions, and confirm.

As they say: EZ PZ.

Can You Park Hop Using Magic Key?

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Yes! When you make your reservation using Magic Key, select the park you want to start your day at.

On the day of your reservation, you’ll be able to transition between parks beginning at 1 PM. Hopping parks is subject to capacity, however.

You can expect more details to come as the program gets off to the races. For all the details on Magic Key, Disney Genie, Walt Disney World Annual Passes, My Disney Experience, and more, check in with your pals at WDW Magazine.

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Written by Kyle Johnson

Written by Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson is a writer, enthusiast of all things weird, and has an unnatural obsession with Halloween. We’re talking animatronics staying up all year round and watching The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad on a whim in April. He has a cool wiener dog, Rumours, and an even cooler wife, Trinity.

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